DCD Technical Articles
What Do You Think Causes Construction Claims and Disputes? Think Again.
Construction is one of the riskiest businesses in the United States. It requires
the coordination of many entities, which is one reason alone there are many
disputes. What do you think causes construction claims and disputes?
In this tight economy, the competitive bidding system forces contractors to
price their work in a way that will give them the best opportunity to be the low
bidder. Sometimes, too much attention is placed on getting the work and not
enough attention is given to how the work can be done profitably.
Joint Venturing in the AEC Industry — Does it Make Sense?
There are numerous compelling reasons to enter a formal Joint Venturing
agreement or to establish strategic partnerships with other AEC businesses.
Everyone is in Sales
Whether you realize it or not, you are a salesperson. Everyone in your
organization is, because everyone can be responsible for gaining (or losing)
customers. From the intern to the safety staff, each person can affect the
bottom line. Everyone needs be aware of where you are going as a company, how
you plan to get there, and their importance in that process regardless of their
role. A culture of salesmanship is essential.
Solarban® z75 Solar Control, Low-E Glass by PPG
Designed with a cool, neutral aesthetic, Solarban z75 and Solarban z50
glasses excel at controlling glare while offering superior daylighting and solar
control properties to support sustainable design. The result is a pair of
products with visible light transmittance (VLT) and solar heat gain coefficients
(SHGC) that meet or exceed competing architectural glasses with a similar
Construction Cost Trends for 2014
Housing construction is up again and commercial is following, but at a lower
rate of growth. Housing will be up approximately 10-15% this year and commercial
up about 5-8%. Total construction is up, but up from historic lows. The heady
days of 2002-2006 will not be seen again, so the “good” news is tempered with
the reality that we will have to deal with a construction market that is
developing its own “new normal.” These are positive trends for our industry as a
whole with a few sectors (notably public spending) not enjoying the good news,
but overall it’s a good direction to be going in.
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The DCD Building Square Foot Cost Guide
Design Cost Data™ magazine includes a new Square Foot Cost
Guide in each issue. These square foot cost guides have been assembled from
projects in our database, the DCD Archives™ online at DCD.COM. These guides are
provided to the industry by DCD as a benchmark for future building costs.
DCD is based on the philosophy that actual buildings, when
coupled with up-to-date cost indices, are the most reliable basis for future
building costs. The buildings appearing in this guide reflect square foot costs
that have been escalated to February 2014 and targeted to a historical location
factor of 1 (escalate these projects and more online at
DCD Cost Guides